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Our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have equitable access to Health, Education, and Financial Stability — the building blocks to self-sufficiency and a high quality of life. We are committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need in Rome and Floyd County, shifting our role from raising funds for a variety of good causes toward that of a more focused, strategic convener of community change. We are aligning and investing in the most effective programs and services addressing the most critical areas of need through community-minded, holistic strategies.

All UWRF funding is awarded through an open, transparent process that engages community members and subject matter experts to maximize local impact of community resources.

What is The Emergency Food & Shelter Program?

UWRF administers these funds on behalf of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the Department of Homeland Security. Phase 36 funds were awarded to Floyd County in the amount of $43, 947.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:  1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government with the capability to supplement and extend existing emergency food and shelter services, 2) have an accounting system and comply with program responsibilities and requirements, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Please note: individuals in need of assistance may not apply directly for funds; rather, services will be provided through area non-profit agencies.

For Phase 36, the following amounts were awarded by a volunteer community board: $15,000 to Journey Food Pantry, $7,500 to Open Door Home for Children, $21,447 to Salvation Army Rome.

COMMUNITY FUNDING

United Way of Rome & Floyd County (UWRF) phased out the Community Impact Grant program in 2019. Final awards to 7 programs from 5 local nonprofit organizations were announced. Allocation of these awards began January 2020. These awards are renewable through December 2021.

  • What is UWRF’s commitment to addressing poverty? In 2019, we transitioned from a traditional competitive grant process to a community impact model that aligns missions around a defined social change initiative and supports focused work to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
  • How will UWRF funding be allocated in the future? UWRF seeks to drive collaboration between nonprofits, the acknowledged experts of our social challenges, and key stakeholders, funding community-minded priorities defined as part of a collaborative strategy.
    • UWRF’s Homelessness & Housing Initiative, which funds a supportive staff position to coordinate and support the work of the community’s Interagency Council on Poverty & Homelessness and to commit funding toward the Council’s collaboratively defined priorities is an example of this new strategy.
  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alli Mitchell at alli@uwrome.org, or 706.622.1990.

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